|By Marketwired .||
|June 6, 2014 12:30 AM EDT||
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/06/14 -- Global enterprise security leader Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) and local entrepreneur David Demers, CEO of Westport Innovations (TSX: WPT) were named to top honours as Company of the Year and Person of the Year respectively at the 2014 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) hosted by the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA).
Fortinet, founded in 2000, is a worldwide provider of network security appliances and a market leader in Unified Threat Management (UTM). Fortinet generated $615m revenue and 15% year-over-year growth in 2013. Fortinet's workforce includes a research and development team of 500 developers and engineers in Burnaby, B.C., and a worldwide workforce of 2,400 employees. Accepting the award on behalf of Fortinet was Michael Anderson, Vice President, Services.
Starting with a 5-person team in 1995, David Demers has led Westport Innovations to its position as a global cleantech leader, specializing in natural gas engines. Under Demers' leadership, Westport has grown to over 1,000 employees globally and has commercialized its technology through strong partnerships. By leveraging large industry players, Westport focuses its own efforts on research and development while partners provide the manufacturing and distribution networks necessary for scale. Demers has also stewarded growth by continually reinvesting cashflow from Westport's profitable businesses into more strategic and diverse long-term markets.
"Fortinet and Westport are both excellent examples of home grown, global success stories," stated BCTIA President and CEO, Bill Tam. "These companies have invested significantly in Research and Development, creating solutions that are global leaders in their respective fields, and are poised for continued growth in the years ahead," Tam added. "They are creating significant anchor companies that are training tomorrow's generation of tech leaders, who will go on to build successful enterprises in the future."
Other 2014 Technology Impact Award winners include:
Adoption of Technology - FCV Technologies and WorkBC
Usable Labour Market Data - With a goldmine of labour market data, much of it inaccessible to the average citizen, WorkBC tasked FCV to recreate the WorkBC website and improve access to the information to ultimately improve labour market mobility in the province.
With its user experience, strategy, creative and technology experience, FCV created the Labour Market Navigator, a new heart to the WorkBC site. This new tool translates labour market statistics into easy-to-understand infographics organized by region, industry and occupation. Improvements have led to a 300% increase in registered employers who now post up to 400 new jobs per day. www.fcvinteractive.com and www.workbc.ca
Community Engagement - Traction on Demand
A Community, not a Company - One of the first certified Benefit Corporations (BCorps) in Canada, Traction on Demand is a company that lives its values. Facilitating its tremendous growth is a view of Traction as a community, not a company. For Traction, community engagement starts from within; with an environment that stimulates innovation, encourages hard work, fosters friendships and rewards teamwork.
Traction enjoys supporting clients that serve a purpose greater than profit. Their Traction for Good community engagement program provides pro-bono and grant-based Salesforce.com implementation services, donations and volunteerism to non-profits. http://www.tractionondemand.com
Emerging Company of the Year - QuickMobile
Transforming the Event Experience - QuickMobile is transforming meetings and events with mobile apps that engage and delight audiences. QuickMobile's event app platform creates an always-on communication channel that allows event owners to increase attendee participation, build loyalty and generate revenue through richer experiences.
With more than 180 employees, QuickMobile had a tremendous year: the company delivered more than 100 multi-event applications that included 40 Fortune 100 companies; opened its European office in London; and added two new products to its portfolio. http://www.quickmobile.com
Excellence in Product Innovation - CoolEdge Lighting
Third Wave in LED Lighting - The first wave of LED light sources bundled LED's into traditional lightbulb form factors. The second wave packaged this new light source into traditional light fixtures. Now, Cooledge Lighting is leading a third wave where light sources are incorporated directly into building materials or mounted onto any surface.
At the heart of its innovation are light sheets, flexible thin plastic substrates which incorporate mid-power LEDs in a cost-effective manner. The flexibility of these substrates allows them to be shaped into a wide range of architectural surfaces while the product architecture allows the sheets to be cut to size in the field. http://www.cooledge.com
Most Promising Pre-Commercial Technology - UrtheCast
Ultra HD Earth Video, Streamed from Space - UrtheCast is developing the world's first Ultra HD Earth video stream from space, in full colour. Working in partnership with leading space organizations like RSC Energia, UrtheCast has installed two cameras on the International Space Station (ISS) and will soon unveil its Ultra HD Earth video and its interactive web platform.
UrtheCast works in partnership with educational, scientific, environmental, humanitarian, governmental and corporate organizations across the planet. To accomplish this, video and still imagery of the Earth will be captured, streamed, collected, and distributed to UrtheCast's data partners and to the company's interactive platform. http://www.urthecast.com
Most Promising Startup - PHEMI Health Systems
Unlocking Patient Data - With a data collection and Big Data platform that eliminates the clinical-research divide; PHEMI's mission is to unlock patient data for clinicians, administrators and researchers. Creating a powerful feedback loop called the PHEMI Integrated Knowledge Network, PHEMI aggregates vast amounts of clinical patient information from the point-of-care, stores it in a highly secure private library, and allows approved researchers to mine the information for important insights. These insights then flow back to clinicians to improve subsequent care.
The company was co-founded by a team of serial entrepreneurs and St. Paul's Hospital cardiologists who are committed to tackling some of the fundamental challenges facing health care today. http://www.phemi.com
Team of the Year - Schneider Electric
MicroGrid Lab: High-Powered Solar - In early 2013, Schneider Electric's Solar Business made a crucial decision to proceed with development of a revolutionary 1500V power conversion platform for utility-scale solar plants. A critical first step was to design and build a $13M, 20,000 sq. ft. high power MicroGrid Lab.
With the lab complete, Schneider Electric now has the in-house capability to test revolutionary products at power levels unprecedented in solar. Schneider Electric's global solar business is comprised of 450 employees, with approximately half of this workforce located at their Burnaby headquarters. http://www.schneiderelectric.com/solar
Close to 1,000 people from the technology and business community converged at the Vancouver Convention Centre to celebrate the successes of British Columbia's top technologies, companies and individuals.
"Tonight's winners and finalists bring to light the diversity of BC's technology sector, and illustrate the increasing maturity that we're seeing with our companies," said Bill Tam, President and CEO of BCTIA. "We congratulate the winners and finalists, thank them for their contributions, and for helping to put BC on the map as a tech powerhouse. "
For more information on the awards, finalists and winners, please visit: www.thetias.com.
About the BCTIA
Officially incorporated in 1993, the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) is a not-for-profit organization that supports the development, growth, and advancement of technology companies in British Columbia. Our Mission is to help companies grow and build world-class organizations; global leaders that anchor a vibrant technology ecosystem and which serve as an inspiration to entrepreneurs in our community.
Through programs like our Centre4Growth, we support tech companies at all stages of growth and development - from startups to rapidly-growing mid-sized companies, and large global players. The BCTIA works to improve British Columbia's competitiveness and visibility by advancing the development of BC's tech powerhouse - an industry of over 9,000 companies that employ nearly 90,000 skilled professionals today. www.bctia.org @bctia
Cooledge is a venture backed start-up focused on delivering high value solid-state lighting solutions to the general illumination market. Founded in 2009, Cooledge launched its product line of a flexible LED light sheets at LIGHTFAIR International 2013 in Philadelphia, PA, April 23-25, 2013.
Cooledge, along with its luminaire manufacturer partners, see the opportunity to redefine the geometry of light as an important next step in the evolution and use of LED lighting technology. Cooledge's unique light sheet technology will change the way lighting is applied to space by blurring the line between lighting equipment and the architectural space. http://www.cooledgelighting.com @CooledgeLtg
FCV is an award-winning interactive, digital advertising agency using strategy, design and technology to help our clients uncover new digital opportunities. FCV's expertise in creative, digital strategy, mobile application development, research, social marketing and user-centered design delivers results for some of the world's leading brands. http://www.fcvinteractive.com @fcv
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) helps protect networks, users and data from continually evolving threats. As a global leader in high-performance network security, we enable businesses and governments to consolidate and integrate stand-alone technologies without suffering performance drawbacks. Unlike costly, inflexible and low-performance alternatives, Fortinet solutions empower customers to embrace new technologies and business opportunities while protecting essential systems and content. http://www.fortinet.com @Fortinet @HR_Fortinet
Global Relay is the leading cloud-based message archiving, search, and surveillance solution for the financial services industry. Global Relay Archive securely captures and preserves email, instant messaging, mobile messaging, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and more - with BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Android, Outlook and web access. Global Relay's 17,500 customers in 90 countries include broker-dealers, hedge funds, investment advisors and public companies, as well as 22 of the top 25 global banks. Global Relay has strategic partnerships worldwide, including a global Strategic Partnership with Thomson Reuters for compliance archiving. http://www.globalrelay.com @globalRelay
PHEMI Health Systems Inc.
PHEMI Health Systems is a process automation and Big Data platform company that unlocks patient data to improve clinic productivity, patient outcomes, and medical research. The PHEMI team architected PHEMI Clinical and PHEMI Central from the ground up specifically for healthcare, fully incorporating the 7 foundational principles of Privacy by Design as applied to Big Data. http://www.phemi.com
QuickMobile is transforming meetings and events with mobile apps that engage and delight audiences. QuickMobile's event app platform creates an always-on communication channel that allows event owners to increase attendee participation, build loyalty and generate revenue through richer experiences. By fully leveraging the capabilities of QuickMobile's mobile and social solutions, customers can extend events into yearlong conversations and build lasting relationships with their audiences. QuickMobile's head office is located in Vancouver, Canada. www.quickmobile.com @quickmobile
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 140,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations "Make the most of their energy." www.schneider-electric.com/Solar @SESOLAR
Traction on Demand
Traction is a cloud-based technology consulting and software development firm with unparalleled expertise in Salesforce.com platform implementations with a focus on data quality. Traction streamlines your business process by bending cloud-based technologies around your business users. Our enemy is redundancy. The results: we remove barriers to success and ultimately increase our customers' bottom line through improving sales, marketing, service and operational alignment. In 2013, Traction's employee base grew by 200%. http://www.tractionondemand.com @tractionsm
UrtheCast Corp. (TSX: UR) is a Vancouver-based technology company that is developing the world's first Ultra HD video feed of Earth, streamed from space in full color. Working with renowned aerospace partners from across the globe, UrtheCast has built, launched, installed, and will soon operate two cameras on the Russian segment of the ISS. Video and still image data captured by the cameras will be downlinked to ground stations across the planet and displayed on the UrtheCast web platform, or distributed directly to exclusive partners and customers. UrtheCast's cameras will provide Ultra HD video and still imagery of Earth that will allow for monitoring of the environment, humanitarian relief, social events, agricultural land, etc. http://www.urthecast.com @UrtheCast
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